Advanced Digital Tech - UK Conference

Thanks to all of those who presented excellent research, contributed to the conversations and helped to make the ADT, UK 2018 conference such a success. 
We're looking forwards to developing wider collaborations accross Europe. 

Post-Trauma Reconstruction Video

CARTIS Board member, Mr Shakir Mustafa has pioneered the application of advanced 3d design and additive manufacture methods in complex, post-trauma reconstruction. ITV Cymru Wales news aired a video earlier in 2018, which described how collaboration between Mr Mustafa, PDR and Renishaw PLC was used to aid the accurate reconstruction of a patient’s facial anatomy following a motorbike accident.

Using advanced digital methods for this type of complex osteotomy procedure has been pioneered by CARTIS, with earlier cases being undertaken with Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Collaboration between design engineers, industry and the NHS is helping to ensure these methods are introduced safely and efficiently into routine practice.

The video has been hosted on the CARTIS Vimeo site with kind permission from ITV Cymru News.


Royal College of Surgeons - Future of Surgery

CARTIS have submitted evidence to the Royal College of Surgeons on the future of surgery. 

The collaboration between ABM University Health Board, PDR and Cwm Taf University Health Board has two decades of experience in applying advanced digital design and fabrication technologies in surgery. Numerous world firsts in surgery have been backed up by the publication of rigorous peer reviewed articles and collaborative research with leading industry partners. The evidence submitted by CARTIS describes some of these cases and concludes a vision for what a hospital of the future could be.

The CARTIS evidence can be viewed here.




Job Opportunities at Morriston's Maxfac Lab

CARTIS partners, ABM University Health Board, have an exciting job opportunity for a 3D Biomedical Technician.
ABM UHB and PDR have pioneered the application of advanced technologies in surgery and prosthetics since 1998. If you want to be part of a creative, internationally excellent team, find out more here

Embracing new design technologies: enabling equitable access to health – South Africa Workshop

From patient specific implants to high tech rehabilitation aids, digital design technologies are revolutionising healthcare. Many case studies and published papers illustrate how technologies such as 3d scanning, computer aided design, 3d printing & tele-medicine can be used to create patient specific devices that perform well and look great. Research also demonstrates how these methods can improve care, enable access to state-of-the-art treatment and enhance procedure efficiency.

However, there are numerous barriers that prevent healthcare systems adopting digital methods into routine use, including:

  • Lack of education and training available to medical specialists
  • Design, engineering and material limitations
  • Lack of resources to purchase, maintain and create new technology infrastructures
  • Social and cultural barriers that limit the acceptance of new methods

PDR (International Centre for Design Research) in the UK and CRPM (Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing) in South Africa have teamed up to consider these barriers. Thanks to funding from the British Council (Newton Fund), we can bring early career researchers and experts together in a workshop.

Through a 4 day workshop, we intend to develop a consensus on how digital technologies can be implemented within South African, and UK healthcare systems. This will help to identify effective ways to direct future research.

We will:

Encourage participants to share experiences of technologies and methods for the development of patient specific devices.

  • Discuss the wider issues that affect technology adoption.
  • Develop project ideas and future collaborations.
  • Identify opportunities for the development of training packages in the UK and South Africa.

This is a competitive call. We can fund up to 15 early career researchers to attend from the UK and 15 early career researchers to attend from South Africa. The workshop is also open to other individuals, companies, NGOs and charities with an interest in this field who are able to self-fund.

Early career researchers are defined as:


How to Apply:

Please use the form available here to send your expression of interest. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to provide further details.

Applications close on the 18th May 2018. We will let applicants know the outcome by the 31st May.


Workshop Details


CRPM, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa


Surgical & Prosthetic Design, PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK

Centre for Rapid Prototyping & Manufacture, Central University of Technology, South Africa


12th-16th Nov. 2018